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    How do I prevent (R) sided foot inversion when using a ride on mower?

    I have complex hereditary spastic paraparesis.
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    Dr Simon Zilko

    Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Dr Simon Zilko - Foot & Ankle Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr Simon Zilko is a locally and internationally trained consultant orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in all … View Profile

    Hereditary spastic paraparesis is a rare and complex disorder which progresses over time. If you're trying to prevent foot inversion whilst using a mower I presume that any foot deformities you have are flexible. In this case, using a prescribed AFO (ankle foot orthosis) to help control your foot and ankle position is likely to be the best solution. 

    Once foot and ankle deformities become fixed, surgery is often required. The type of procedure needed can include tendon lengthening or joint releases for contracted soft tissues, tendon transfers to rebalance muscular forces, and bony procedures involving bone cuts (osteotomies) or joint fusions (arthrodesis) to reposition the foot and ankle back to neutral.

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